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Describe how the kidneys participate in maintaining acid-base balance.


Hi there,

Thing is that acid base balance in your urine can be affected by several things but most often the main reason for any abnormality in acid base balance is caused by malfunction of the kidneys. When doctor ask you to test your acid base balance he usually wants to see if you have kidney stones. Acidic urine is associated with xanthine, cystine, uric acid, and calcium oxalate stones. However problem with acid base balance might be caused by use of some medication as well. If you have abnormal results from acid base balance test this indicates that you have problems with kidney failure or kidney tubular acidosis. I hope this helped a bit.

All the best,